This year marks the first annual NFL Hall Of Fame Cancer charity tournament in Cabo San Lucas. The tournament consisted of two days of golf and one day of fishing with approximately 25 registered fishing vessels. Each registered boat will included at least one NFL Hall of Fame Great or NFL Legend. With the Chupacabra being owned by Dr. Blake Stamper, being involved in a cancer charity tournament is a tradition the team tends to continue.
The NFL Hall Of Famers that joined Captain Clay Hensley and Team Chupacabra for a day of fishing in Cabo San Lucas during the tournament were Ray Guy of the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and Warren Sapp of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.
Ray Guy* is a retired American football punter for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL. Guy was a unanimous All-American selection in 1972 as a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi, and was the first pure punter ever to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, when the Oakland Raiders selected him with the 23rd overall pick in 1973. A six-time NFL All-Pro, Guy is widely considered to be the greatest punter of all time and has been a seven-time finalist as a modern era candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame on August 2, 2014, becoming only the second pure kicker and the first pure punter so honoured.
Warren Sapp* is a former American football defensive tackle. A Hall of Famer, Sapp played college football for the University of Miami, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American and won multiple awards. Sapp played in the NFL from 1995 to 2007 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders. Following Sapp’s NFL career, he was an analyst on NFL Network until 2015. At the time of his retirement, Sapp was one of only eight defensive players in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl, be named Defensive Player of the Year and win a Super Bowl or pre-Super-Bowl NFL title.
Team Chupacabra ended up winning 4 of 5 categories in the tournament. Our day on the water was filled with laughter, joking and banter. We were happy to be a part the event and have the special guest on board that we did. Rest assured there was never a dull moment with this crew. Being out on the water on a fishing charter in Cabo San Lucas is always a good day.
A heartwarming spin to this story is that just the week before the Chupacabra hosted an child cancer survivor and entrepreneur named Luke Lang. Luke won a trip on the Chupacabra years before at a silent auction and has been back on the boat a couple times sense. This young mans inspiring story and soul brightened our day. Through his struggle with cancer he experienced embarrassment while receiving his chemo treatments because of the hospital gown he was made to wear. He shared with us that wearing the gown made him feel even sicker and he set out to create a solution. He created a kids clothing line with easy snap sides for children receiving chemo treatment. He is also an advocate for many cancer research organizations and a source of strength for many children who are affected by cancer . For more information or to support Luke’s Fastbreak’s head to their website: Www.lukesfastbreaks.com.
We had the NFL Hall Of Famers sign a special football for Luke and were able to have one of our sponsors hand deliver it to him in Texas. The synergy of the events is definitely news worthy. What a great feeling to be a part of a cancer charity tournament and give a gift to a cancer survivor.
*Player information sourced from Wikipedia